First time I have done this race and would thoroughly recommend it for those who like a medium length, fast and furious style hill race.
Starts in Alva with a series of steps out of the glen leading to a fast traverse on forest tracks towards Tillicoultry. Things then get a bit tougher with a steep and relentless climb up Andrew Gannel hill, followed by some great running on the Ochil tops over Ben Cleuch and Ben Ever. What then follows is one of the best descents I can remember on grassy slopes back into the Alva glen, a bit precarious coming down the wet steps with tried legs but a great finish.
Weather was wild and visibility was zero for most of the hill work. Big turnout (180runners), I found the start pace too much but gradually worked my way back and finished 71st (1hr 34mins), Ex Moorfoot Mike Reid finished 3rd in 1hr 15mis.